POSTED: Monday March 2nd 2009

India can overtake Australia and capture second place in ODI team rankings

Two of top three bowlers take on two of top three batsmen over five matches in New Zealand



India will go second in the Reliance Mobile ICC ODI Championship table if it wins its upcoming five-match series in New Zealand 5-0.


Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s team currently lies in third position, some four ratings points behind second-placed Australia and five behind top team South Africa.


A clean sweep for India will put it ahead of Ricky Ponting’s men by a fraction of a point but it would remain just behind the Proteas in what would be an extraordinarily tightly packed leader board with one ratings point separating the top three ODI teams in world cricket.


For its part, New Zealand can move up to third ahead of India if it wins the series 4-1 or better but it will drop as low as sixth if it suffers a 5-0 defeat.


To see exactly what upcoming results will do to the ICC ODI Championship table go to


Meanwhile, the New Zealand v India series is an opportunity for some of the top players to make further gains in the rankings. Dhoni is currently enjoying top spot in the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen but team-mate Yuvraj Singh is hot on his heels in third position so the captain will need to be in top form if he is going to remain on top by the time the fifth ODI of the series has come and gone.


On paper, at least, India has a distinct edge over its host in that department of the game with four batsmen in the top 20 – Gautam Gambhir in 12th place and Virender Sehwag in 15th – not to mention Sachin Tendulkar in 21st position, compared to just one New Zealand player (Ross Taylor in 16th place).


But it is the Black Caps’ bowling that has most impressed of late with captain Daniel Vettori currently leading the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers and Kyle Mills now in third spot, with a third bowler, Jacob Oram, in 19th place.


By contrast, India has just one bowler in the top 20 with Zaheer Khan occupying 12th position.


All in all, it promises to be a hard-fought and fascinating series with two of the world’s top three bowlers taking on two of the world’s top three batsmen.


Upcoming ODI fixtures:


3 Mar – New Zealand v India (ODI), Napier

6 Mar – New Zealand v India (ODI), Wellington

8 Mar – New Zealand v India (ODI), Christchurch

11 Mar – New Zealand v India (ODI), Hamilton

14 Mar – New Zealand v India (ODI), Auckland


Reliance Mobile ICC ODI Championship (as of 2 March)


Rank   Team                          Rating


1          South Africa                 125

2          Australia                       124

3          India                             120

4          New Zealand                114

5          Pakistan                       111

6          England                        108

7          Sri Lanka                     105

8          West Indies                 91

9          Bangladesh                   46

10        Zimbabwe                    23

11        Ireland                          19

12        Kenya                          0


(Developed by David Kendix)


To see exactly what upcoming results will do to the ICC ODI Championship table go to



Reliance Mobile ICC ODI Player Rankings (as of 2 March)




Rank     Player                     Team     Points    Highest Ranking


   1           MS Dhoni              Ind          809          806 v WI at Kingston 2006

   2           Mike Hussey        Aus        798          863 v NZ at Perth 2007

   3           Yuvraj Singh         Ind          790          754 v Eng at Bangalore 2008

   4           Chris Gayle            WI          783          804 v Aus at Mumbai 2006

   5           S.Chanderpaul      WI          769 !       769 v NZ at Napier 2009

   6           Graeme Smith        SA          741          792 v Ban at Dhaka 2008

   7           Kevin Pietersen    Eng         730          834 v Aus at Antigua 2007

   8           Mohd Yousuf       Pak          716          777 v SA at Rawalpindi 2003

   9           AB de Villiers        SA          715          733 v Ban at Dhaka 2008

  10          Ricky Ponting       Aus        705          832 v NZ at Hobart 2007

  11          K Sangakkara        SL           704          760 v Ind at Rajkot 2007

  12          Gautam Gambhir   Ind          703          696 v SL at Karachi 2008

  13          R Sarwan               WI          696          798 v Ind at St Kitts 2006

  14          Jacques Kallis       SA          695          816 v WI at Johannesburg 2004

  15          Virender Sehwag  Ind          692         774 v NZ 2003

  16=        Herschelle Gibbs  SA          685          750 v SL at Durban 2003

                Ross Taylor          NZ          685         699 v Australia 2009

  18          Andrew Symonds                Aus        684          778 v Ind at Nagpur 2007

  19=        Shoaib Malik         Pak          683          690 v WI at Abu Dhabi 2008

                Salman Butt           Pak          683          698 v SL at Karachi 2009




Rank     Player                   Team    Points   Highest Ranking


   1           Daniel Vettori        NZ          727          790 v Eng at Christchurch 2008

   2           N Kulasekara        SL           724*       749 v Pak at Lahore 2009

   3           Kyle Mills              NZ          719          713 v WI at Wellington 2009

   4           Nathan Bracken    Aus        700          806 v SL at St George\‘s 2007

   5           M Muralidaran     SL           696          913 v NZ at Sharjah 2002

   6           Shakib Al Hasan  Ban         687 !       687 v Zim at Dhaka 2009

   7           Stuart Broad          Eng         673          701 v SA at Trent Bridge 2008

   8           M Mortaza            Ban         671          678 v Ind at Port-of-Spain 2007

   9=         Andrew Flintoff    Eng         662          755 v Ban at Dhaka 2003

                Zaheer Khan         Ind          662          700 v SA at Dhaka 2003

  10=        Mitchell Johnson Aus        660          726 v Ban at Darwin 2008

                Jerome Taylor       WI          660          688 v SA at Cape Town 2008

  12          Ajantha Mendis   SL           655*       659 v Pak at Karachi 2009

  13          Johan Botha          SA          653*!     653 v Aus at Perth 2009

  14          Zaheer Khan         Ind          645         700 v SA 2003

  15          Umar Gul                Pak          640 !       640 v SL at Lahore 2009

  16          Sohail Tanvir        Pak          639*       673 v WI at Abu Dhabi 2008

  17          Daren Powell         WI          636          686 v Aus at St George\‘s 2008

  18          James Hopes         Aus        635         646 v Aus 2009

  19          Jacob Oram           NZ          629         768 v Aus at The Oval 2004

  20=        Brett Lee                Aus        625         853 v SA at Melbourne 2006

                Shahid Afridi        Pak          625         685 v Ban 2008




Rank     Player               Team     Points                    HS Rating


   1           Shakib Al Hasan  Ban         403!                        403 v Zim at Dhaka 2009

   2           Andrew Flintoff    Eng         366                         544 v SL at The Rose Bowl 2004

   3           Jacob Oram           NZ          350                         383 v WI at Queenstown 2008

   4           Shoaib Malik         Pak          340                         402 v WI at Brisbane 2005

   5           Chris Gayle            WI          336                         511 v Zim at Harare 2003


*indicates provisional rating.

!indicates career-highest rating


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